Video: Jewish Museum in Berlin

Since its opening in 2001, the ever inspiring Jewish Museum in Berlin has experienced the addition of the Studio Daniel Libeskind designed Glass Courtyard in 2007, and The Academy which was recently completed and opened in 2013. With the museum as the focus and inspiration driving these two recent additions, Spirit of Space took this opportunity to provide us with another look at this emotionally moving masterpiece. From the very beginning, Libeskind believed the extension to the museum was about establishing and securing an identity within , which was lost during WWII. In cinematic form, their film attempts to express the uneasy sequential essence of Libeskind’s work.

Lake House / LHVH Architekten

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Architects: LHVH Architekten
Location: , Germany
Year: 2010
Photographs: Lukas Roth

E.On Avacon / Bof Architekten

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Architects: Bof Architekten
Location: Joachim-Campe-Straße, 38226 Salzgitter,
Design Team: Lutz Schneider, Frank Keikut, Leonie Willnauer, Katrin Becker Timo Eisele, Tim Kalka, Romain Taunais, Judith Overberg
Area: 8436.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Hagen Stier, Thomas Lewandovski

Primary School in Karlsruhe / wulf architekten

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Architects: wulf architekten
Location: Sengestraße, 76187 ,
Colleagues: Ingmar Menzer (PL), Oliver Hasselbach, Larissa Schuster, Christopher Velz
Year: 2012
Photographs: Brigida González

Bildungszentrum Tor zur Welt / Bof Architekten

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Architects: Bof Architekten
Location: Thielenstraße, 21109 ,
Area: 22000.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Hagen Stier

Museum of Bavarian History Competition Entry / Irlenbusch von Hantelmann Architekten

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Designed by Irlenbusch von Hantelmann Architekten, their proposal for the Museum of Bavarian History in accentuates its significance through its single urban block concept. The aim of the urban layout is a sensitive implementation of the new building in the world heritage surrounding, without disregarding the importance of the museum. Therefore the historical layout with its unique alleys is continued with the new setting. More images and architects’ description after the break.

PALÄON / Holzer Kobler Architekturen

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Architects: Holzer Kobler Architekturen
Location: Lange Trift, 38364 , Germany
Area: 4090.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Holzer Kobler Architekturen

Halle A / Designliga

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Architects: Designliga
Location: Emmy-Noether-Straße 2, 80992 , Germany
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Designliga

Museum of Bavarian History Competition Entry / Simon Takasaki Architecture + Research Studio

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Aiming to seamlessly integrate into the UNESCO World Heritage site, this proposal for the Museum of Bavarian History is derived from the existing roofscape the building references to history. Designed by Simon Takasaki Architecture + Research Studio, their proposal develops a formal language which is triggered by the existing structures, overlaying the present and the future simultaneously. More images and architects’ description after the break.

AD Classics: The Einstein Tower / Erich Mendelsohn

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The Einstein Tower, designed by the German architect , is one of the best-known examples of German expressionist architecture. Designed as an amorphic structure of reinforced concrete, Mendelsohn wanted the tower to represent as well as facilitate the study of  Einstein’s radical theory of relativity – a groundbreaking theorem of motion, light and space.

More on this expressionist monument after the break…

University Building for Technical Faculty Winning Proposal / 3XN

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3XN just won the first prize in the international competition for their design of the new building for the technical faculty of the German university Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg (DHBW). With their vision to create an open, inspiring and social learning environment, the building is to be a lighthouse project for academic learning – an innovative and productive learning environment in which students, teachers and industry representatives can meet. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Diogene / Renzo Piano

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From the architect. Over the years, furniture company Vitra has made a name for itself as one of the most architecturally-enlightened companies in the world, with their renowned campus featuring buildings by Nicholas Grimshaw, Frank Gehry, Alvaro Siza, Tadao Ando, Zaha Hadid, Herzog & de Meuron and SANAA.

Now, Vitra has announced a collaboration with Renzo Piano that will bridge the gap between their sought-after furniture and their bespoke campus. Diogene, a self contained minimal living space with a floor area of just 2.5 x 3.0 meters, is billed as “Vitra’s smallest building – but largest product”.

More about the design of Diogene after the break

Schwäbisch Media / Wiel Arets Architects

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Architects: Wiel Arets Architects
Location: Karlstraße 16, 88212 ,
Project Team: Wiel Arets, Bettina Kraus, Carsten Hilgendorf, Uta Böcker, Tobias Gehrke, Ramón Alvarez-Roa, Ole Hallier, Sjoerd Wilbers
Collaborators: Janosch Welzien, Jasper Stevens, Martin Tessarz, Tobias Bam- berg, Steffen Winkler, Carlatta Giacomin
Area: 13800.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jan Bitter

St. Sebastian Kindergarten / BOLLES+WILSON

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Architects: BOLLES+WILSON
Location: Münster,
Design Team: Anne Elshof, Christoph Lammers, Christoph Macholz
Construction Supervision: Klaus Kuchenbuch
Area: 1,120 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Markus Hauschild, Ahlbrand–Dornseif + Wakonigg, Christian Richters

‘In Orbit’ Installation / Tomás Saraceno

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A gigantic installation work by Tomás Saraceno, entitled “in orbit,” was just assembled last week in the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen in At a height of more than 20 meters above the piazza of the K21 Ständehaus, Saraceno has suspended a net construction within which visitors can move, apparently weightlessly. Saraceno’s net construction, which is accessible on three levels, resembles a cloud landscape: those bold enough to clamber high into the web set beneath the glass cupola perceive the museum visitors far below them from the lofty heights as tiny figures in a model world. The installation will be up until September 7th. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Gas and Steam Power Plant Winning Proposal / Henn

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Henn recently won the architectural competition for the gas and steam power plant in , Germany. The new power station is positioned to the north of the river bank to allow the uninterrupted riverside promenade passage open to the public. While the majority of the existing station has been demolished, individually striking industrial relics and architecturally significant elements, such as the listed machine hall, are retained and put to cultural use. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Kulturbau / Benthem Crouwel Architects

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Architects: Benthem Crouwel Architects
Location: Casinostraße 21, 56068 ,
Project Team: Markus Sporer, Marcel Blom, Anna Gerlach, Noortje ter Heege, Tina Kortmann, Sascha Rullkötter, Cornelius Wens, Sander Vijgen, Benedikt Krienen, Anna Böll, Frank Deltrap
Year: 2013
Photographs: Thomas Eicken

TOR 149 / Graft Architects

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Architects: Graft Architects
Location: Ackerstraße, ,
Year: 2012
Photographs: Tobias Hein